Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

What's a Good Camera for Livestreaming on the Net?

Episode 1709

Sheryl from Temecula, CA

Sheryl has a 24/7 live stream of wildlife on Twitch.tv called Hoot House Live Stream. She uses a Wyze cam but it's not made for live streaming and glitches out from time to time. Leo says to look for a POE (power over ethernet) or PTZ camera. NEST cams are also good.

Sal calls to let Leo know about WyzeCam's latest outdoor wireless cam, was just released. Leo says that's a cool design, but it's designed to be battery powered and only turns on with movement, to conserve battery life. 

Chris Marquardt ... Starlinked

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1706

Chris joins Leo to talk about how Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are causing problems for astral photographers and astronomers. The satellites are congesting the night sky, even though SpaceX says that they are putting sunshades on the satellites to prevent light reflection and make the satellites more invisible. But Chris says that instead, they are reflecting infrared, which is also problematic when scanning the sky and taking long-exposure photographs. Chris says at least SpaceX is listening and is trying to engineer a solution to prevent light noise from reflecting down from the sky.

How can I take a 360 degree image of something?

Sony A7

Episode 1706

JP from Orange County, CA

JP is looking for a good photographer's 360 turntable. Essentially, it's a lazy susan for photographers. Leo says that there's software now that largely lets you do this with just your iPhone. The app is called Bellus 3D and it does a very credible 3D render of your object. 

What's a good mirrorless camera for JP to move away from his Canon DSLR? Leo says he loves the Sony A7, but since JP has all that Canon glass (lenses) that he's invested in, the Canon R series is probably the best way to go. 

What is a Good Cheap Camera for Taking Portraits?

Camera

Episode 1705

Maverick's Mom from Chino, California

Maverick's mom wants a good camera that can take better pictures than the iPhone. She wants images that will blur into the background. Leo says that's called "bokeh" and she will need that look with a fast, wide lens. Those are more expensive. The iPhone does it, but it does it computationally. For a few hundred dollars, Leo recommends Canon's Powershot models. Get one that can shoot at F1.8. He recommends going to DPReview for a list of the best point and shoots. The chatroom recommends the Panasonic FZ80.

Why Does iCloud Keep Putting Photos Back On My Phone?

iCloud

Episode 1705

Jim from Oceanside, CA

Jim's wife has a 32GB iPhone and she keeps running out of space because iCloud keeps downloading the pictures back to her phone. Leo says to look in the Photo settings. Make sure that the "optimize phone storage" feature is enabled. It will keep the full rez photos in the cloud, and a lower rez version on your phone. The other option is to turn off automatic sync to iCloud. That will prevent iCloud from putting them back on the phone and once the user deletes them, they will stay deleted. Then use Google Photos to save photos to the cloud and delete them off the phone.